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Keeping in step with the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Galatians 5, Psalm 17, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 5:22-25  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

When the Holy Spirit abides in us and we allow Him to produce His sweet fruit in our lives, there is no need for the law.   The Spirit of Jesus is totally obedient to God’s Word and leads us in the desire and ability to keep in step with Him.  By His fruit others will know that we belong to God and have reckoned our old man dead, no longer pursuing its passions and desires.

Faith Confession:  My old man and fleshly nature is reckoned dead and the Holy Spirit lives in me.  His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control are growing and evident in my life, transforming me into His likeness.

Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.”  

 

 

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In step with the Spirit

Scripture reading for August 21st:  Psalm 112-114, Galatians 5

Key Scriptures:  Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” 

Paul encouraged the Corinthian believers to keep in step with the Holy Spirit instead of trying to keep the law in their own strength.  The Spirit would produce the fruit of life in them whereas the law would bring death and stir up the works of the flesh.  If we belong to Christ, we count our old man as crucified with Christ and we step along with the Holy Spirit each day in a life filled with thanksgiving and praise and holy fruit.

Psalm 112:6-8 “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.  He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”   

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the Holy Spirit living in me and producing life-giving fruit.  My heart is firm and strengthened by trusting in the power of the Spirit.  Amen.

 

 

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Thankful for the Holy Spirit’s Self Control!

Scripture reading for July 20th:  Proverbs 25-29

Key Scriptures:  Proverbs 29:11, 22 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”   . . .”An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”  

The proverbs give simple truths that stick in our hearts and provide wisdom for wise living.  In these and other proverbs concerning anger, believers are warned against allowing anger to take over the spirit.  It is foolish to allow our spirit to be consumed by anger because this consuming anger stirs up dissension in a person’s life, a family, a city and a nation.  A reputation of being “hot-headed” marks a person as a trouble maker and warns that many sins flow from this character flaw.  We see this in our nation today!

Thankful for the fruit of the Spirit:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”  (Galatians 5:22-23) “”In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and give the devil a foothold.”  (Ephesians 4:27-28)

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Living with fruit of the Spirit!

Scripture reading for August 22nd:  Galatians 5

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Galatians 5:22-25  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

The New Testament Spirit-filled believer should be marked by fruit of the Holy Spirit.  This grows from living and walking in fellowship with Jesus through the Spirit and study of the word of God.  Through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice and taking His word as truth, we crucify the flesh and its passions.  This is a process called sanctification that is progressive throughout our life on earth.  But there are temptations and spiritual warfare in the form of thoughts and imaginations that must be dealt with each day by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit.  Conceit, envy, and provoking are common enemies!

Observations for over-comers:  Praying in the Holy Spirit and daily study of God’s word will help us over-come the attacks of the sinful nature and Satan.  “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .” (Isaiah 61:1-2)

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Love one another!

Scripture reading for April 22nd:  John 13

Key scriptures for over-comers:  John 13:34-35  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”  

Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His love and servant’s heart for them.  He also predicted that one of those He washed would betray Him and that Peter would deny Him three times!  In the midst of this last meal, Jesus gave His disciples a new command:  “Love one another!”  This command was to be a sign to all men that His followers belonged to Jesus!  Love does what is best for another.  Love forgives.   Love covers sins.  Love never fails!  The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit would release a river of God’s love to flow from them! (Romans 5:5)

Observations for over-comers:  Loving one another remains the greatest command of Jesus for those who will over-come the world, flesh, and the devil!  A river of His love flows in our hearts by the Holy Spirit!  “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river.  Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail.  Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them.  Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”  (Ezekiel 47:12)

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Living by the Spirit!

Scripture reading for September 20th: Galatians 5:13-26

Paul’s concern for the Galatians was that they might use their freedom from the law to indulge in the sinful nature!  The way of Christ could be summed up in one short command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)  Living for the flesh would end in confusion, strife, and ultimate division.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)   In order to live by the Spirit,  you  must have the gift of the Holy Spirit because you have repented of your sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 2:38)  Prior to conversion, the Holy Spirit draws a person to Christ and convicts them of sin, righteousness and the coming judgment.  (John 16:7-11)  Following conversion, the Holy Spirit  dwells in you to be your Counselor, testifying about Jesus and revealing His word.  (John 15:26)  When the Counselor leads you into truth, you still must choose to obey and follow.  There will still be conflict between the Spirit and the sinful nature!

Paul lists some of the acts of the sinful nature to help these Galatians recognize the conflict.  Sexual impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred and jealousy all come from the flesh.  Factions, drunkenness, and selfish ambitions are also on his list.  Paul warned them that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven!  (Galatians 5:21)

Paul also listed the fruit that comes to the person who lives by the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-24)  A consistent choice to live by the Holy Spirit produces fruit that is peaceful and sweet.  The person whose life is marked by the Holy Spirit will be totally different than those in the sinful nature.  The Spirit produces fruit that fulfills the law without human effort. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) This should be our daily choice!

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Living by the Spirit!

Scripture reading for September 20th: Galatians 5:13-26

Paul’s concern for these Galatians was that they might now try to use their freedom from the law to indulge in the sinful nature!  That way of thinking surely was not from Christ.  The way of Christ can be summed up in one short command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)  Living for the flesh would end in confusion, strife, and ultimate division.

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with one another, so that you do not do what you want to do.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Galatians 5:16-18)   Living by the Spirit first means that you have the gift of the Holy Spirit because you have repented of your sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 2:38)  Prior to conversion, the Holy Spirit draws a person to Christ and convicts them of sin, righteousness and the coming judgment.  (John 16:7-11)  Following conversion, the Holy Spirit  dwells in you to be your Counselor, testifying about Jesus and revealing His word.  (John 15:26)  When the Counselor leads you into truth, you still must choose to obey and follow.  There is also still some conflict between the Spirit and the sinful nature!

Paul lists some of the acts of the sinful nature to help these Galatians recognize the conflict.  Sexual impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred and jealousy all come from this flesh.  Factions, drunkenness, and selfish ambitions are also on his list.  Paul warned them that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven!  (Galatians 5:21)

Paul also listed the fruit that comes to the person who lives by the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.  Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-24)  A consistent choice to live by the Holy Spirit produces fruit that is peaceful and sweet.  The person whose life is marked by the Holy Spirit will be totally different than those in the sinful nature.  The Spirit produces fruit that fulfills the law without human effort. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25) This should be our daily choice!

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